Bc 58

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Site Description

A small-house site located on the south side of the canyon between Bc 57 and Casa Rinconada, approximately 290 feet (85 m.) northeast of the latter and along the same natural hillside.  Bc 58 was excavated during the 1947 season of the University of New Mexico and School of American Research field school under the direction of Paul Reiter and includes roughly 14 masonry rooms and three kivas (two of which are subsurface).  Rather than the simple rectangular footprint of Bc 57, the roomblock of Bc 58 is amorphous, suggesting rooms may have gradually been added as necessary.  No formal excavation report was completed for the site, but photographs, field notes, ceramic tallies, and student papers are archived at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology and the Chaco Culture National Historical Park Museum Collection at the University of New Mexico.  Analysis of the faunal remains has shown that birds are not as common at Bc 58 as at Bc 57, but artiodactyls are roughly twice as common (proportionally) as at other small house sites in the canyon.  Although the site has now been backfilled, it is adjacent to the Casa Rinconda trail.

Alternative site numbers are 29SJ398 and LA 40398.

Excavation History

  • 1947: Excavated by Carol Burroughs and Stanley Stubbs under the direction of Paul Reiter and the University of New Mexico/School of American Research field schools.

Size and Dates

  • Approximately 14 masonry rooms and three kivas (two of which are subsurface) in a linear roomblock
  • Late 10th and early-11th centuries.